Welcome to Ilga Leja Handknit Design!

I am a knitwear designer based in Nova Scotia, although my roots extend from Latvia to Newfoundland. My work is characterized by classic silhouettes, unique construction, and playful use of stitch patterns.

Having recently returned from a trip to the desert in Death Valley, CA, I am now offering a series of four patterns in the Desert Series. Three lace shawls and a sleeveless top, each is inspired by the colours and light and unique beauty of the desert.

The four patterns in the Desert Series are the Desert Canyon shawl, Sunburnt shawl, the Sand and Stone shell, and the Desert Blossom shawl.

Desert Canyon


Sand and Stone

Desert Blossom

Yarn kits for these designs are available here.

For a complete overview of my knitting design work, view all my Design Collections and e-books.

Best-Selling Patterns Last Month:

Bermuda Scarf

Summer in the City

Among the Birches

For a selection of yarns available, view Yarns and Specials.

Current Yarn Specials are available here.

FREE shipping on all orders over $199.00 CAD!

Enjoy your visit!    

Recent Blog Entry:

Agnes Martin, Artist

I am completely intrigued by Canadian-born artist Agnes Martin these days. Have been looking at some of her austere, but still highly emotional work.

Posted by Ilga Leja on 01/28 at 03:29 PM